August 08, 2023

Best in Drag Show returns to the Orpheum Theatre on October 1st, 2023

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Joe Hui
Director of Communications


Tickets for the annual Best in Drag Show charity fundraising event are now on sale. The show returns to the Orpheum Theatre on October 1st, 2023. Curtains rise at 7:00 p.m.

Best in Drag Show is a beauty pageant parody in which six contestants compete in drag in all the customary beauty pageant categories: evening gown, question and answer, talent, and swimsuit.

The show is produced by a team of volunteers who donate their time to support the Alliance for Housing & Healing’s long-running efforts to provide essential housing and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in LA County.

Best in Drag Show began in 1989 as the “Battle for the Tiara”—a small, annual party and AIDS fundraising event created by Alexis Pittman. Filled with outlandish characters, over-the-top performances, elaborate costumes and celebrity judges, Best in Drag Show embodies the ideals of humor, love, and dedication, continuing the work started all those years ago in a small West Hollywood apartment.

Tickets are now on sale at More information on Best in Drag Show can be found at



APLA Health (formerly AIDS Project Los Angeles) restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, HIV specialty care, food, housing, and other essential support services. Since our founding in 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in our commitment to ending the HIV epidemic in our lifetime. We operate eight Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) locations in Los Angeles County, serving more than 19,000 people annually, regardless of ability to pay. Our list of comprehensive services includes LGBTQ+ primary care, dental care, behavioral healthcare, HIV specialty care, and Out Here Sexual Health services (PrEP, STD screening & treatment, DoxyPEP, and PEP). For people with HIV, our wraparound support services include housing assistance through the Alliance for Housing & Healing and nutritional support via the Vance North Necessities of Life Program, the largest food pantry in the United States for people with HIV, distributing over 800,000 meals annually. APLA Health’s annual fundraisers include AIDS Walk LA — the world's first and oldest AIDS Walk — and Best in Drag Show. We are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation at the local, state and Federal levels that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities. For more information, visit

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